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Here at Rimrose Hope we are extremely proud to be a Church school and our mission statement is firmly rooted and lived out daily in our school life. Through the delivery of RE children are encouraged to develop positive attitudes to their learning and to the beliefs and values of others through developing self-awareness, respect for all, open-mindedness and appreciation and wonder. Through the study of other religions, we aim to promote an attitude of understanding and tolerance through increasing children’s knowledge about other people’s beliefs, values and religious practices.
"Our curriculum reflects the Christian values of the school and is both inspirational and relevant. It is a curriculum that creatively builds a love of learning so that all children reach their full potential.” (School Mission Statement)
The statement from our school vision is reflected in our RE curriculum as we strive to ensure that Christianity has a relevance to the children in our community. We constantly search to make our RE lessons authentic in the eyes of the children and we accept that the teachings of the church must reach out and embrace the children in the life they lead, not the life we would wish it to be. We are a voluntary controlled school that chooses to develop a distinctive approach to the teaching of RE. We make no excuses for the Christian values that we teach implicitly and explicitly and we want to develop the resilience that spirituality can bring to peoples’ lives in all of our community.
At Rimrose Hope the Christian ethos is woven through all that we do, however we ensure that our curriculum is balanced and broad and covers all aspects of other faiths identified within the LA agreed syllabus. Our RE curriculum is separated from our distinctly Christian worship procedure and a separate policy for worship at Rimrose Hope is available. We plan our religious education curriculum in accordance with the Sefton LA Agreed Syllabus and supplemented with Questful RE and Understanding Christianity.
Aims of Religious Education
• To help our children develop respect and sensitivity for all people
• To help our children understand faith and moral codes to guide them and help them develop informed opinions
• To help our children develop an understanding of modern multi-cultural Britain and how this is reflected in their lives and the local community
• To help our children understand more about the importance of religion in today’s world.
• To help our children reflect on their own experiences and to develop a personal response to the fundamental questions of life.
Mastery and Depth
We ensure that each child’s understanding of topics studied in religious education is deepened and widened as they progress through each Key Stage. We offer opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each unit, and we ensure that the planned progression built into the scheme of work offers the children an increasing challenge as they move through the school.
We identify mastery of content and knowledge as well as providing opportunities for deeper reflection. We believe that deep learning in RE comes through a strong understanding of the events, people, values and ideas within themes and we attempt to ensure that our children, know the stories, know the places and understand the events, so they can reflect on them and draw their own conclusions.